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good morning. scare tactic? president obama warns millions of americans social security checks may not go out next month if lawmakers fail to reach a deficit deal. as the top republican offers up a controversial last choice option to end the stalemate. how big was it? word this morning the number of possible victims involved in that hacking scandal in britain could be in the thousands. this morning one celebrity who says he was a target, hugh grant, speaks out in a live interview. and we need a bigger boat. a huge 18-foot-long saltwater crocodile leaps out of the river to the delight and terror of
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tourists. and the photographer who took the picture says it's no croc d the picture says it's no croc d day. captions paid for by nbc-universal television good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm ann curry. boy, the gloves are off in washington. the move could be more today because the president and top congressional leaders are going to go back to the negotiating table yet again. >> that's right. the republicans were not at all happy with the president's comment on tuesday. now senator mitch mcconnell has offered that last chance option. we're going to tell you what he is offering straight ahead. also this morning matt, it was a deadly crash that made national headlines. a woman who police say was drunk and high killed herself, her daughter, three nieces and three strangers when she drove the wrong way down a new york
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highway. now her sister-in-law whose three daughters died in that crash is speaking out for the first time. and her story is very emotional. where she goes from here, in her own words, will be part of what we're telling you. on another note, you may not recognize his name but you probably know his word. sherwood schwartz died on tuesday. coming up, we'll take a look back at what made his shows some of the most popular of all time, although they were not on the air all that long. >> no, but memorable. let's begin with the clock ticking down on lawmakers with the debt dealing. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, ann. sources close to the talks tell me tuesday's meeting was the most productive yet. but with no deal in sight, the political gloves are starting to come off. after days and days of talks on the debt ceiling deal, president obama warned what would happen if america defaults on its loans
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on august 2nd. some 70 million americans who rely on disability, veterans and social security payments, may not get their checks. >> i cannot guarantee that those checks go out on august 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner disagreed. >> there's going to be money available on august the 3rd. and i think it's way too early to be making some types of veil threats like that. >> reporter: this as republicans were heating up their own rhetoric and getting personal. >> this is the president's plan. this debt limit increase is his problem -- >> as long as this president is in the oval office, a real solution is probably unattainable. >> reporter: in a new twist, senator mitch mcconnell proposed a last choice option, which would allow the president to increase the federal debt limit in increments through 2012, and essentially place the responsibility of raising the
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debt limit squarely on the president's shoulders. the plan does not guarantee the spending cuts which republicans have been insisting on. >> this is not my first choice. >> reporter: causing one conservative blogger to call mcconnell upon shus pile late and another tweeting, mcconnell needs to find his spine. but lawmakers on both sides say they are considering the plan. now, president obama is still trying to push for the largest deal possible somewhere in the neighborhood of $4 trillion in deficit reductions over the next decade. a lot of lawmakers here just say a deal of that size isn't going to be possible. ann? >> kristen welker, thank you. chris matthews is the host of msnbc's "hard ball." this is a little bit like watching your divorcing parents squabble over who is paying the bills. is it possible for these sides to put politics aside? >> no, i don't think they're going to get a deal by next week and i think that's what mcconnell's plan is all about and the white house seems to be happy that somebody on the other
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side realizes how dangerous this is going to be next week. >> meantime the president made a lot of americans nervous, chris, when he talked about social security checks may not go out. did he go too far? >> i think it's taking it from cable news debate to the prime tape area most americans. a good number of retire es, especially the very elderly people, 70s and 80s, all of their income comes from social security. so this is serious business. it's going to be a national issue, not just a political issue. i think what the white house is happy about is that finally mitch mcconnell who is a leader, like the president is a leader, is separating himself from the protesters there on the right. i think there's a real difference now and you're going to see it, not between left and right, democrat and republican, but in the next couple of days you're going to see a real separation between the leaders who are worried about the protesters who can enjoy the fight. >> it does look like everybody is scrambling for political cover. what would you make of this mcconnell plan that would give
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the president to raise the debt ceiling on his own? >> politicians and journalists are different. politicians look ahead to the next election and the next week. there's a big difference here now. the election, according to mcconnell, is going to decide who wins next year. he thinks the president is going to get beat next year. he wants to beat him. but he wants this decision over the debt to be made next week. he wants to separate the debt fight whether we continue to pay our bills or not with the fight over we spend too much money or not. the white house is happy. both sides at the top now realize they have to avoid default next week. >> they had to avoid default. but which side gets most of the blame, in your view, if a deal is not reached, chris? >> i think they're afraid that both sides are going to be blamed. obviously the president of the united states is the one where the buck stops on his desk. as harry truman once said, ultimately he's the person in charge. but the republicans are also afraid that if they hold up this deal over taxes for the rich,
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they're going to get a big measure of blame and they're going to look like they're not responsibility. i think it's come down now to both leaders, mcconnell and probably boehner and the president are going to agree to separate the fight over long-term spending and deficit reduction from the fight over debt next week. they have to. they can't afford that security check -- social security checks not go out and face default on the international market. they all agree on that, i think. that's the good news. >> it sounds like, in your view, a big deal that encompasses all the issues they're trying to squeeze in here is dead. you're thinking they're going to simply tackle the problem at hand, that's the best we can hope for? >> yes, that's what i think. >> chris matthews. >> we're going to do what we can to get through the night. >> don't we all. thank you so much. you can catch "hard ball" week nights at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. eastern time on msnbc. here's matt. >> thank you. we're learning more this morning about just how far reach that hacking scandal in britain has become.
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in a moment we'll talk to one of the victims, actor hugh grant, but first, stephanie goss is in london with the latest fallout. stephanie, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. the lead investigator for scotland yard gave testimony that shows how big this scandal has become. they say they have a list of 4,000 potential victims and additional 5,000 phone numbers that need to be analyzed and so far they've only notified 170 people. with daily accusations piling up and the list of high-profile targets including a former prime minister and the royal family, growing longer and longer, british parliament has decided it wants to hear directly from those in charge. rupert murdock, his son james, chief execive, and executive prebekaa brooks, has been asked to testify next week in front of parliament. >> what's really interesting is that until now, rupe rupert mur was confident that all parties
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are going to support him. now they're all turning against him. >> reporter: murdoch shut down the "news of the world" because of what was described as toxic culture. but the company is fighting back against allegations involving two of the other papers, "the sun" and "the sunday times." they wanted to get a 2006 article about his child's cystic fi breaux says, suggesting their methods may have been illegal. a new statement from new international denies any wrong doing and said the story "the sun" ran about their son originated from a member of public whose family has also experienced cystic fibrosis. but damage to the company may have already been done. some say it is about time. including actor hugh grant who in recent months has led his own campaign against the tabloid. even recording this conversation with the deputy editor of "news of the world" last april. mcmullen did not know he was being recorded acknowledged
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hacking was wide spread. >> but celebrities themselves, you would justify because they're rich? >> yeah, mean, if you don't like it you've just got get off the stage. >> reporter: they call it a publicity stunt. not so says grant, who claims to be a victim himself. >> the other day it happened to me. my medical details were published in "the sun." talking about pretty nasty people. >> reporter: so far, eight people have been arrested but it may not end there. scotland yard believes the investigation will continue to grow, and along with it the pressure on rupert murdoch's worldwide media empire. later on today, particlenliamen set to pass a motion with the british tv network. it is going to send a strong message to murdoch that his political support in this country has all but disappeared. matt? >> thank you very much. hugh, good to see you. good morning.
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>> good morning, matt. >> the atlantic ocean can sometimes create a time warp here. the story is on the front pages of the paper here in the united states but it was slow in growing. it's been brewing there for a long time. how would you describe the public reaction to the daily revelations you're seeing there? >> well, the big moment came last monday when people had known for some time that actors, musicians, politicians, were being hacked and everyone thought that was wrong. but it didn't really get people emotionally involved until last monday one of the national papers revealed that this young girl who had been abducted and murdered, that they had been hacking her phone, listening to her messages. and shockingly, deleting some of her messages when her voice mailbox filled up. they wanted more messages to come in which, of course, gave her parents hope that she might still be ahive. she had been miss for six months. that's when the country really rose up in revulsion.
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>> i'm sorry to interrupt. >> yeah. >> do you think people there have the feeling that this was simply business as usual and, by the way, this appears to be prevalent not just at one newspaper, even two, it could be wider than that, that the feeling among these tabloid reporters and executives was, as long as the story sells, there was an entitlement to get that story using any means possible? >> yeah. that was the culture. and still is. i mean, to a certain extent, within the tabloid press in this country. it's terrifying. and, you know, if you ask the question why didn't we do anything about it before, the answer is now emerging. the police unfortunately deliberately dragged their feet because they've been lent on by the power of, in particular, "news international," murdoch's organization, and the government was terrified of him. his paper knew, you know, dirty details about individual mps so they were unwilling ever to take
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him on. only three weeks ago all our major politicians in this country were sucking up to rupert murdoch and drinking champagne on his lawn at his summer party. so it is sort of almost comic that today in parliament they're all competing to say that he's a terrible person. >> you said this recently, quote, this is a watershed moment for david cameron and his government. he can either continue to be murdoch's little helper or his states man. his son and top executives, is this, in your opinion, something real or is this still public relations to try to present a face to the public that they're actually doing something? >> well, we don't really know yet where they will accept that invitation or not. i mean, i have to say i think it's unlikely. if they do, it will be the greatest piece of parliamentary theater we've ever had in this country. >> two quick things, hugh. first of all, why should people in the united states care about this? you spend a lot of time here as
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well. you've had your encounters with the tabloid press in the u.s. do you think this is prevalent here as well? >> i don't know the answer to that. but i would have thought it was of interest to americans simply because rupert murdock does own an enormous amount of your media where fox news and fox station and 21st century and some of your newspapers. and i think people need to ask themselves, you know, who is this man who owns such a large part of our media. i think when you hear some of the new allegations about who "the news of the world" phone hacking may include, i stress allegations at this stage, some of the 9/11 victims, well, i don't know. that may strike a chord with americans. >> finally, responsibility. the fact of the matter is many people buy these newspapers and logon to these types of websites. do the consumers should ter blame as well? >> i think we have to, yeah.
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it's a strange business, isn't it? specialty of tabloids like that is to find the lowest common denominator and work out some of our worst instincts and then provay for them and we're all guilty of falling for that. >> hugh, it's nice to see you. thanks for your time. appreciate it. >> you, too. >> he put that pretty well. let's get a check of the other top stories for the morning. for that, natalie morales. >> good morning, everyone. we begin with a tragic story here in the new york area. an 8-year-old brooklyn boy missing since monday was found dead this morning. he disappeared while walking home alone from his day camp for the first time. his body was found in two separate locations this morning. police have taken a suspect into custody based on surveillance video showing him with the boy around the time of his disappearance. the suspect reportedly led police to the boy's remains
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today. nearly a decade after the 9/11 attacks a republican congressman is questioning our nation's air security today on capitol hill. top representative said there had been more than 25,000 airport security breaches in this country since november of 2001 but with the billions of people screened since 9/11 tsa says the breaches represent only a small fraction. rebels in libya may be making progress in their fight against embattled leader moammar gadhafi. u.s. intelligence reports says he's floundering amid shortages of fuel and cash, according to the associated press. the battle against childhood obesity gets an uni believe ally today as 19 major restaurant chains plan to announce healthier items on their children's menus. featuring veggies and whole grains will now be available. milwaukee's prince fielder smacked a three-run homer helping the national league take a 5-1 win over the american
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league, all-star game. the win gives the national league home field advantage in the world series. and better hope that this guy isn't hungry. take a look. tourists on the jumping crocodile cruise are getting more than their money's worth in australia when they meet that 17-footer there and he likes apparently buffalo meat and long swims in the river. he isn't the toughest beast around. a shark apparently nabbed his front right leg. and if i were that guy standing right there take that photo putting my hand in his mouth, i wouldn't get that close, ann and matt, because apparently if they do, if they go for anything, they would eat humans, too. >> if i were that guy, i would never wear that outfit again, i can tell you that. that is not what you want to have happen. >> unbelievable, this image. at first when i saw it i didn't believe it was true, that there could be a beast that large. >> we're working on it. >> natalie, thank you very much.
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mr. >> here at home, this is going to be a transition date. is still a little warm and humid, but by the time we get to tomorrow, things will cool off. 30% chance for a sho
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the body of former first lady betty ford will be flown to michigan later this morning for the second of two funerals. this after a moving memorial service in california yesterday. lee cowen is in palm desert with details. lee, good morning. >> good morning, ann. members of the public have been filing past the casket late into the evening on tuesday. it was the only chance for the public to pay their respects after, as you say that invitation only memorial with family, friends, and dignitaries that included four first ladies. as the desert sun rose over the worshipped in for more than 30 years, inside the body of bettyford lay in quiet repose. tuesday night they file past the casket with many expressing a need to get close. including carolyn. >> i've had breast cancer four
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times. and the first time i was going through it i would keep the "people" magazine with bettyford on the cover as inspiration. >> she and her husband drove all of the way from salt lake city to pay their respects. the formal tribute to the former first lady is larger private affair. the last time there were this many first ladies together was the day betty ford laid her husband to rest in 2006. but it was rose lynn carter, once a political rival, then long-time family friend, who summed up the first lady who was different from so many. >> someone who was willing to do things a bit differently than they had been done before, someone who had the courage and grace to fight fear, stigma, and prejudice, wherever she encountered it. >> cookie roberts said she expressed not only her life but politics as it used to be. but there was more. >> mrs. ford knew who she was. before her sudden entrance to
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first lady she said, i'll move to the white house, do the best i can, and if they don't like it, they can kick me out, but they can't make me be somebody i'm not. >> reporter: who she was was someone who publicly battled cancer and addiction and her very honest disclosure ended in perhaps what is her greatest legacy, the betty ford center who helped untold numbers. >> what a gift to us, to several generations of those like us, who need help and who just need to learn how to generate a little pride and self respect. what a gift. >> reporter: a gift that inspired millions that she leaves behind. ann, as you said, betty ford's body will be flown to grand rapids, michigan, this morning. that will take place on what would have been the former president's 98th birthday. ann? >> poignant. thank you for that detail.
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thank you. and still ahead, we're going to make a turn and ask the question, should cindy anthony face perjury charges for her controversial testimony in her daughter's trial? we'll get the latest and hear from the detective who built a murder case against casey anthony. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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these wheat thins crunch stix will save us. [ crunch ] look! [ male announcer ] wheat thins crunch stix. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. time for a check of the morning commute. sarah caldwell, we've got problems in two areas. >> the biggest problem is that the harbor tunnel, still stopped up as you approach there. latest accident in harford county, are approaching a 24, there is a crash delays stretch
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back from a mountain road. you might want consider pulaski highway as your alternate. an update on southbound 895, 11 miles per hour approaching the harbor tunnel. there is going to the 95 merge on 895. west side, delays as well. montevideo, near montevideo court, closures remain. take 175 as an alternate. you can see what looks like at the harbor tunnel. traffic is being detoured at leland ave. it is causing heavy delays there. live view of 95 a south over 24. there is road with an accident at harford county. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. tony as a check on the forecast. >> the weather is nice and quiet. we don't expect presentation to start the day. for now, partly cloudy skies.
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warm and muggy. 84 downtown. forecast for today, a mix of sunshine and clouds. chance for showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. high temperatures about 91. much better news as he had to the end of the week. high temperatures in the mid-to- upper-80's. >> we could sure use a break. check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information. back in 25 minutes with another of live update.
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7:30 now on this wednesday morning, july 13th, 2011. it's going to be hot today, but not nearly as hot as the excessive heat we've had to deal with here in manhattan. that has the crowd breathing a sigh of relief. we're glad or that. inside studio 1a i'm alongside matt lauer. will cindy anthony face perjury charges for lying on the stand at her daughter's murder trial? we'll have a live report. also ahead, a mother's pain after two years of the wrong-way crash that killed her three young daughters and five other
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people. that woman is opening up for the first time about the accident and how she feels about there sister-in-law who you will remember was behind the wheel of the car drunk and hyatt the time. her emotional story and where she goes from here coming up. >> that's a good question. and also, have you ever heard of this thing called phone bill cramming? >> not until this morning. >> "today" investigates a costly scheme that could be adding extra fee to your bill whether you like it or not. we're going the ell you what yo can do, all coming up. but first, let's begin with the new developments in the casey anthony case. we are outside the orange county jail with the latest on this. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, ann. and casey anthony is scheduled to walk out of here in just five days. her mother, cindy, who legal experts have said, might face perjury charges for her testimony, has just received word from prosecutors. and, ann, she will not be tried for perjury. >> i started looking up
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chloroform -- >> reporter: cindy anthony stunned prosecutors when she testified that she was the one who searched for chloroform on the testimonily's computer. >> if the computer entries were made, then i made them. >> reporter: forensic experts later countered her testimony in an apparent attempt to save her daughter from the death penalty. now the district attorney decided casey's mother will not face perjury charges. on tuesday investigators spoke out for first time. >> i certainly don't have any doubt. we worked very hard on this case. we respect the jury's verdict. >> reporter: more than 140 law enforcement officers followed over 6,000 leads. they interviewed casey and she never told them the truth about what happened to caylee. >> she never said it was an accident. that would have been her opportunity to say so had it been. that day this whole thing could have ended. >> reporter: the state of florida is trying to force casey anthony to pay for the
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eight-month search, a bill that may add up to hundreds of thousand of dollars. >> there were resources that could have been used to find other missing children. >> reporter: meanwhile, the orange county sheriff is mindful of taxpayer dollars being spent in trying to keep her safe as she walks out of jail. >> we're not going to be her personal security, her attorneys will make appropriate decisions and prepare for her own security after that. >> reporter: now, once casey anthony reaches a secret location she'll call home, reports say she will live in disguise under a witness protection program. sources close to her say she's not planning to alter her looks with plastic surgery. ann? >> all right. thank you so much. it is now 7:33. here's matt. >> for the first time since casey anthony was found not guilty we're hearing more from the team of investigators who searched for her daughter. and this new development in the
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case, it's a story we just did. we also want to talk about new developments this morning in a case against reality television producer bruce beresford-redman. nbc's miguel is in los angeles with detail on this story. miguel, good morning to you. >> matt, good morning to you. the judge may made her decision quickly. the ruling to extradite is a major victory for mexican prosecutors as well as for the victim's family. it comes 15 months after the high-f high-profile murder. shackled, noticeably thinner and wearing a jail jump suit, bruce beresford-redman showed no emotion when ordered to return to mexico. the federal judge says there is probable cause the hollywood producer murdered his wife in april of 2010. monica's nude body was discovered dumped in a hotel sewer, strangled to death, say investigators, by her husband while the couple vacationed with
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their two children in cancun. beresford-redman was questioned by police in mexico but investigators say he fled to california before he could be arrested. >> what was your reaction hearing the judge say the extradition should move forward? >> i was happy with the big step of this for my sister. >> reporter: the victim's sisters say they've waited 15 months for this decision. >> it was crazy, nightmare. >> reporter: facing a trial in mexico, prosecutors there say a cheating husband murdered his wife in their hotel room after she threatened to leave him. in court tuesday beresford-redman's defense team calls the case against the former "survivor" producer circumstantial and weak. >> clearly, there's insufficient evidence to convict our client of this crime. >> reporter: although the couple's 6-year-old daughter was never called to testify in court the defense says she can refute the evidence. dreams from their hotel room the night of the murder was from a
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family game. cuts and scratches on her father's face and body was from a family excursion, not a life and death struggle. and defense attorneys say the small amount of blood collected in the hotel room have never been directly linked to bruce beresford-redman. >> based upon the evidence that was presented in court today, if that's the best the mexican government can do, he will clearly be acquitted down the line. >> reporter: a case of murder for now set to be heard in a mexican courtroom. but before this case heads to mexico the defense team says they'll appeal the decision to extradite. that could take anywhere from a month to a year. legal experts saying the chance of that appeal being granted is extremely thin. matt? >> miguel, thank you very much. let us get a check of the weather now from al. >> all right. thanks so much, matt. got some georgia teachers here. anybody you want to say hi to? >> hey. >> hey! >> there you go. generic hey, hey.
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jackie cooper down there. all right. now they're getting more specific. but we've run out of time, unfortunately. let's check your weather see what's happening. we've got a risk of strong storms out back of central and western montana. gusty hail and winds. firing thunderstorms nfiring up in missouri and illinois. and no showers and thunderstorms may drop anywhere from three to five i imagines of rain, especially as you get on down the south and the gulf coast. that's what's going on around t' >> we are off to a quiet start. we expect a slight chance for a shower or thunderstorm this afternoon, especially in the northern suburbs. high-temperature a
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back now at 7:41. this morning on "today" investigates confusing and unwanted charge on your phone bill. the federal government says it's a $2 billion a year scheme affecting millions of americans, and you might be surprised just who is profiting from it. nbc senior investigative correspondent lisa myers joins us now with details. lisa, good morning. >> good morning to you, ann. the practice is known as cramming. they bury charges on your home phone bills for services you didn't even know about. it's been a national epidemic for more than a decade. so why do the phone companies still allow it to happen? a new report sends investigators say it comes down to money.
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lots and lots of money. for millions of consumers the charges are a mystery. she discovered she was being billed $14.95 a month for something called voice mail id theft. >> i don't know what that is. i never asked for it. i never received it. >> reporter: his phone bill, over $16 a month for ycp network fax service. >> to me it's just flat out fraud. >> reporter: she was shocked to find almost $40 in extra charges for vase moil and her very own 800 number. >> first i laughed because i thought, you know, 800 number, but then i was furious. >> reporter: furious because in every case the charges came from third-party companies they had never heard of. it's called cramming. a billion dollar scheme targeting everyone from families to professionals to seniors. where outside companies charge your phone bill for services
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without you even knowing it. and government investigators say many phone companies, not only allow it, they profit from it. >> i'm shocked. i'm angry. >> reporter: now in a new investigative report, senate congress committee chair rockefeller exposes the confidential deal between the crammers and major phone carriers, like verizon, at&t, and centurylink qwest. >> do the phone companies have an incentive to allow these unauthorized charges? >> the phone companies have the incentive because they're making a boatload of money off of it. >> the mysterious charges are often hard to catch. hers was buried on page 6. barb's, way back on page 12. she had been charged every month for almost a year. >> the charges were small. that's why i missed them? >> in total? >> when it was all said and done, almost $300. >> reporter: when these consumers called their phone
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carriers to complain, they all got the brush off. >> they couldn't help me out. they weren't the ones that did it. it was a third party company and i needed to call them and deal with them directly. >> i was arguing with them. i said, how could you let this happen? it was rong. >> reporter: rockefeller says the phone companies know it. the documents show they received hundreds of thousands of complaints about cramming companies. >> we wanted to crack down some of these companies, so we came to palm harbor, florida, where many list their corporate address. but instead of office buildings with found them here, the company headquarters, only a p.o. box at the local post office. what does it tell you if all there is is a post office box? >> it tells me it's a scam. >> reporter: yet the phone carriers allow these companies to charge your bill without demanding proof you authorized it. >> they basically said i signed up for a service on the internet, which i did not. and, you know, i was fighting to get my money back. >> reporter: the firm which represents many of these
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companies names dadata told us they require multiple authorizes from consumers. but victims say that's a lie so we decided to pay dadata a visit. once again we found the company in palm harbor, just down the street from the post office in this unmarked building. a company rep didn't have much to say. your lawyer has declined an on-camera interview but we were in the neighborhood and wanted to give you another chance to talk to us. rockefeller says it's the phone carriers who have the most to hide in all of this. >> phone companies make money off of this practice because every time something shows up which is of a cramming nature on one of their bills they will make $1 or $2. >> reporter: fees that add up to big money. investigators say since 2006, these carriers have raked in more than $650 million from them. >> so if they're making that kind of money, why wouldn't they
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want to stop the m kcramming at all? >> reporter: all the phone companies declined to go on camera. while at&t had no comment, in statements verizon and centurylink said they do not tolerate cramming. they verify authorization, and don't do business with problem companies. they say customers are offered refunds if they complain. but these victims say it took many threatening calls to get their money back. >> it makes me mad. it makes me want to not sign up with centurylink. it makes me want to call them and say i'm done. >> if the ceo of verizon were sitting here, what would you say to him? >> stop it. stop it now. if they are the up standing company that they say they are, then they need to not allow this to happen. >> the lesson here, check your phone bills very carefully every month. these cramming charges are often buried in the back and can be hard to spot. now, to avoid cramming charges all together, you can call your
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phone carrier right now and opt out of all third-party services. it costs you nothing to opt out. and it can save you money and headaches. ann? >> sounds like a phone call to make. lisa myers, thanks so much this morning for your reporting. coming up next, remembering the man behind the beloved television show "the brady bunch" and "gilligan's island" right after this. a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms.
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sad news from hollywood. sherwood schwartz, creator of two of the most loved television shows of all time "gilligan island" and "the brady bunch" died. we grew up with his characters and never grew out of them. ♪ just sit right back >> we were very happy to invite him into our homes. we felt comfortable with he's shows. >> the most beloved shows were panned by critics but the public embraced the show's campy humor. the programs were great escape during the '60s social revolution, comfort food for baby boomers. >> the theme song we come to hum every week, and also that three-hour tour. ♪ >> most people don't realize that sherwood schwartz not only created the shows, he wrote the theme songs.
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and we sang along with him. ♪ the minnow would be lost ♪ the minnow would be lost >> "gilligan's island" is about seven castaways that landed on gilligan's island. >> mary ann and the professor, "gilligan's island" is probably the silliest show he ever produced. great fun. >> reporter: "gilligan's island" was on only for three years and "brady bunch" only lasted five but who can forget jan's jealousy of ". >> marcia, marcia, marcia. >> and marcia getting hit in the face with the football. >> oh, my nose! >> we watched them become a singing group. ♪ and on vacation in hawaii for the season ender. >> generations grew up watching these shows in first run and then years and years of se syndicated ree pete. they're just huge popeye cons.
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sherwood schwartz thought he was making silly escapism but it lived on through pop culture. ♪ >> it's impossible not to hum along with the theme songs. >> exactly. you're particularly good at singing them. >> why loved about "gilligan's island," all those people came on and off the island but they never got off. >> you're right. >> i know. i know. >> and, of course, when it came to "gilligan's island" we paid the ultimate tribute during halloween. >> we were the skipper and gilligan. >> pretty much. >> oh! >> that was worth it. >> that's not one of his shows. but don't you just love "brady bunch." i was one of three sisters. >> i was the middle child. it was patricia, patricia, patricia in my house. >> that's for the 8:00 segment. >> patricia, are you listening
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> time for another check on the morning commute. we have one at little situation resolved. one, sarah, still going on. >> the accident at the harbor tunnel now clear. delays leading up to it. northbound 95 in harford county. here's a look at a map approaching route 24, with accident is in the bel air- edgewood exit. completely jammed to mountain road. we are tracking delays on 95 out
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of the white marsh area. nine miles per hour on average. improving on 8095 as you approach the harbor tunnel. west side, about 15 miles per hour. backing up traffic on southbound 795. montevideo road, mondeo court, but overnight accident. indication on going. live view of traffic north of 152, this is the tail end of the northbound delay. we'll switch to a live view of the accident scene. right lane closed. 3 left lanes squeezing by. >> good morning, everyone. weather is nice and quiet. clouds will be thickening up as we had to the morning. a little on the humid side.
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86 already downtown. mixture of sunshine and clouds. 30% chance for a shower and a thunderstorm this afternoon. going to turn much cooler the next couple of days. >> thank you for joining
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we're back now. 8:00 on a wednesday morning. it is the 13th day of july, 2011. kind of a beautiful day here in the new york area. a lot cooler. actually the temperatures are going to be fairly high today. not that nasty humidity that we had here over the last 24 hours. that is great news for this wonderful looking group of people who are gathered out on our plaza. we thank them for stopping by. i'm matt lauer along with al roker and ann curry. that kid just had that hat on we were wearing in rome. cool white fedora. anyway -- >> aset a trend.
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>> if these people stick around until friday -- >> they're going to be awfully grim. >> and great music. friday morning, chris brown out on the plaza. that's going to be a very popular show. come on down. just some advice, get here a little bit early. meanwhile, coming up on a serious note, the latest on a tragic story we covered here in new york it. >> happened two years ago, a woman that investigators said was both drunk and high, drove the wrong way on a new york highway and crashed the car. she died along with her daughter, her three nieces, and also three other men who were in another car. now the mother who lost her three daughters is speaking out about this tragedy for the first time. hard to even imagine how she endured this tragedy. on a much different note, a little bit later on we're going to get some high-tech gadgets that will help you once and for all erase the germs and bacteria in your home. matt and i can't wait for this. >> we should do this segment together. i was watching this, looking at
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this information last night saying, this is good stuff. also ahead, if you want to live to 100 we're going to continue our series how to live to 100. yesterday we looked at the psychological elements of this. this morning it's the physical side, including a test that can actually help determine how long you might live. >> very interesting test. in fact, dr. nancy took that test. we'll find out her results coming up. but first, let's get a check of the top stories. natalie is at the news desk for us. >> good morning, everyone. the senate republican leader is offering president obama a last chance option to keep the u.s. government from an unprecedented default on its desk next month. mcconnell said the president could request increases in the nation's borrowing power in three stages if they are offset by spending cuts. meantime, president obama warns tuesday that next month's social security checks could be in danger unless there's a budget deal by then. british prime minister david cameron said today he will investigate whether 9/11 victims
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were targeted by phone hackers. rupert murdoch's "news of the world tabloid." britain's major political parties are all backing a measure demanding that murdoch abandon his bid to buy control of the country's largest paid television broadcaster. the coast guard said it ended the aerial search for seven americans still missing from a charter fishing boat that sank off mexico ten days ago. 35 passengers and crew members survived. the mexican navy said it will continue a smaller scale search for the men. some house republicans say they will try again to repeal a federal law that requires the use of energy-saving light bulbs starting in january. their first attempt was defeated last night. 07 po and now let's go to wall street and cnbc's carl quintanilla is here.
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>> good news at 10:00 a.m. eastern time when the federal reserve chairman ben bernanke testifies before the house, likely to be ask eed today abou that miserable jobs number last week, the debt ceiling, and whether or not the fed will reach back in its bag of tricks and help the economy later on this year. we will be watching that. also, tonight, watching and hope you will be, too, hour docume documentary on bmw, 9:00 p.m. eastern time on cnbc in which i go behind the scenes of the carmaker and drive on the german autobahn really, really fast. >> it is an obsession. cha carl quintanilla, thanks so much. and now what has you talking on line. facebook is lighting up with a fierce backlash on netflix. it's raising prices by as much as 60% for customers who want to rent dvds by mail and watch video on the internet. major league baseball's all-star game is a a top google
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search. the national league won last night's game in phoenix 5-1, giving them the home field advantage in this world series. and "gilligan's island" is a popular search on yahoo! as generations of fans are remembering the show's creator sherwood schwartz. he died tuesday at the age of 94. he also created "the brady bunch", the sitcom that found new life on the big screen. let's go back outside once again to ann and matt. >> he also create "the flintstones"? no? i was wondering why natalie was wear that dress. >> oh. so funny. bam-bam. >> i like it. wow. rough. >> hey, barney, hey, fred. >> we did them, too. >> i knew it was coming. >> we did for halloween. hey, our good friend from joplin, missouri, how are things going? >> doing really good. getting the city cleaned up. >> our prayers are still with you. our friends in tuscaloosa as
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well. let's check your weather. show you what's going on for today. our pick city of the day, norfolk, virginia, after the storm's hot and humid. temperatures near 100 degrees today. if you look you can see we have strong storms firing up in the mid section of the country. also some rain around parts of montana. gulf coast looking hot and steamy. beautiful around the great lakes. minnesota looking good. minneapolis, as well. sunshine. just playing in the crowd here, where in minnesota? >> st. cloud. >> st. cloud, lovely town. that's what's going on aroundha >> it is still going to be a little hot and humid today. tomorrow we have nice weather in the picture. this afternoon we will make it into the low 90s. 30%
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for the first time jackie is writing about this accident. her paralyzing loss and the hope she now carries. jackie hance asks, how does a person go from being like a sister to me, adored by my girls and cherished by my husband, to being the one who ruined our lives? in a raw unflinching account in "ladies' home journal" jackie described how her life began to unravel from her phone call from her 8-year-old daughter emma, who said something's wrong with aunt diane. jackie said she was later state your named to learn the most responsible person i knew, her sister-in-law, was driving high and drunk. >> diane schuller had a blood alcohol content of .19%. the legal limit for intoxication in new york state is 0.8%. >> reporter: schuller drove the red minivan the wrong way for almost two miles until she hit an suv, killing three people in that vehicle and five in her van, herself, her daughter, and
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jackie's three girls. emma, the big sister, 7-year- d 7-year-old7-year-old alyson and 5-year-old baby, katie. i wander out of my room or out of the house at all hours. i didn't know what i was doing, searching for the girls? my friends and family would gently steer me back where i belonged. people went outside this long island church as jackie's husband eulogized his daughters. >> children, children. >> yjackie cannot. her girls' bedrooms are untouched. their birthdays still celebrated. but she says her extended family are split by diane's husband's ve meant defense of his wife. >> my wife is not an alcoholic. something medically happened. >> reporter: jackie is upset her brother-in-law gave hbo permission for the upcoming documentary about the crash
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call, there's smog wrong with aunt diane. the fact they used my daughter emma's last words as a title only makes it that much more painful. the lone survivor of the accident is diane's son brian. jackie's godson. but she stays away from him. i have to be able to trust myself around him and right now i don't. i want to reach out and hug him and at the same time try to shake answers out of him. jackie is trying to adjust to her new realilnewality. but even going out is a challenge. i think people are whispering, wondering how i can be having fun, as if i've forgotten the girls. they can't imagine how i feel a couple of hours later when we get back home and there's no baby sitter to pay. so jackie wishes every day to be in heaven with her daughters. this fall, jackie and her husband warren are expecting a baby. now, jackie says she has been amazed by the outpouring from
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total strangers. they've received thousands of cards and letters, and offers of help, most notably from a manhattan fertility doctor who may have given them perhaps the best medicine of all. matt? >> anne thompson for us on this story. anne, thank you very much. janice is a writer for "ladies' home journal" who worked with jackie hance on this piece. i was haunted by the accident two years ago. i was haunted again reading this piece. and yet i think everyone should read it, especially parents because it makes you stop and think about very important issues. >> right. the raw pain that jackie feels comes across in this article. and what struck me about jackie is when a tragedy like this happens we all try to think why it wouldn't be us, anybody we know. the first time i met jackie she walks in and i thought, you're every woman, you're everybody. >> do you have a sense for why she wanted to write this with you now? is this a part in some ways of her healing process? >> i think so.
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and i think when something this horrible happens you look for that one strand of good. and for jackie that one strand of good may be helping other people who are in a tough situation go on. >> this part of the article where she talks and writing about walking around in this daze of grief, where she would leave the house at all times of the day and perhaps even looking for her children, searching for her children, but is she living a more normal life now? >> i think so. her mind just couldn't accept this tragedy. she would relive the day. every time she woke up she thought it was that sunday morning again. >> in the article jackie says people always ask her how she feels about her sister-in-law diane schuller who was behind the we'll of the minivan. she said you can't imagine how complex that question is. we're talking about the woman who end up taking the lives of her three daughters. >> exactly. unbelievably complicated and painful to somebody who you love, who your family has loved, who your families have always spent time together, you trust
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your three most precious children with them. and then something like that happens. you can't explain it. >> it's a tragedy upon a tragedy, because not only was there this massive loss of life, there was the fracturing of this family even among the survivors. the people left behind no longer communicate with one another. >> jackie and her husband have managed to stay together, as difficult a situation like this that they've been strong together. but, of course, this was his sister. and jackie talks about looking at the pain in his eyes and knowing the many sources of that. >> expecting a child in the fall. i mean, one of the messages from the article is the importance of moving forward. >> right. >> no matter how severe the tragedy. >> exactly. the great courage of doing that and the great sense of hope and inspiration that that is, that whatever has happened and knowing how this perhaps, we can't always protect our children, you still have to go forward. >> they're keeping their daughters' memory alive with the hance family foundation. >> it's a foundation in memory of the girls and it does lovely
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things for other young women in the community. helping them build self-esteem, body image. lovely program for them in their memory. >> thank you very much. we're back right after this. ouncer ] where'd you get that idea? how'd you learn to do that? what'd you use? every project we finish comes with a story built-in. it's how our rough ideas become "you did that yourself?" so when we can save more on the projects that let us fix, make, and do more... that just makes the stories even better. more saving. more doing. that's the power of the home depot. right now, get glentown oak laminate flooring just 68 cents a square foot. these wheat thins crunch stix will save us. [ crunch ] look!
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back now at 8:19 with more of our special series, how to live to 100. this morning we're focusing on the science of longevity. reaching the century mark, is it possible for everyone? here's nbc's chief medical editor. >> reporter: there are approximately 70,000 centenarians living in the united states today. and some scientists say that the first person who will live to their 150th birthday had already been born. but who are these centenarians going to be and can we increase our chances of becoming one of them? >> the signs of aging is becoming really popular because there's so much more out there as a consumer to take control of
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their health and manage their aging. >> reporter: in 2009 three scientists won the nobel prize for the research on one of the most exciting developments on the aging forefront. telomeres are structures on the chromosomes that shorten as people age. think of them as a plastic tips on a shoestring. people with shorter telomeres are more likely to develop illnesses and die earlier. the science is far from complete but some laboratories have seized this opportunity and are offering tests that measures a person's telomere length. this laboratory is the only lab in the united states to offer telomere testing. the cost, $200. >> it can serve as a wake-all call for some people. it's a measure on how well you're ageing on the inside. so for some people it can tell them that maybe they're aging faster than they expect and maybe they can make some major lifetime changes. >> reporter: i decided toby own
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ginuinea pig and see what my telomere says about me. i hope i slide out of home plate. that's all i'm asking for. but if our telomeres are short, is there a way to make them longer? this doctor at the albert einstein college of medicine is focusing their research but is hoping hoping catches up. >> why is everyone looking at telomere? >> people think it can serve as a bio marker for prediction of how long they are going to live. but, like predictions, can be this side or this side. >> reporter: he believes their test is for real. >> it does not tell you when you're going to die or how long you have to live. it just tells you how well you're aging and help you manage that. >> reporter: is it safe to say that this is an extraordinarily exciting development in the lab
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but it is not ready for public use? >> yes. we don't have enough information to make it accurate for prediction. >> the future is there? >> the future is there. >> reporter: with that in mind, i'm ready to get my result. like any good parent, i want one wish, i want to predisepredisea children, that's it. >> chief medical officer here. let's hear nancy's results. good morning. >> good morning. >> you don't know what the results are? >> i don't have a clue. >> we're going to put them up on the monitorexplain, tanya, how nancy did. >> nancy is the red box. and the black line is the average telomere length of her age. if you look at her box and you track it over to the green dot, that's her actual age based on
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her telomere lengths. >> so i'm 70 right now even though i'm 59? >> i'll make you feel better. there's a variance here, 8% to 10% error when you get older. it's plus or minus seven years. your range really is 63 to 77, with an average of 70. but your telomeres are shorter than someone your same age. >> you are likely to have -- >> a shorter life expectancexpe >> that's sobering. >> it's a variable. i could get hit by a bus this afternoon. >> please don't. >> thank you. >> but what's interesting to me, looking at that, is that i'm probably the first in my generation to really be affected by everything environmental. i'm a fast food kid. i grew up around cigarette smoke. you know, i wasn't perfect in college. i've had, you know, some excess alcohol in my past. >> but you workout -- >> but i'm not stupid.
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every one of those things takes a hit. that to me says you can override your genes and environmental factors. perhaps even though i've cleaned up my act since then, i live a pretty good life now, there's still room for improvement. >> there is. your genes are set but how your genes are translated and transcripted you have an affect with your lifestyle choices. >> on that point then you talk about what you can do as for nutritional profile tests, take your medication, exercise, decrease body fat, meditate, reduce stress. that last point -- >> stress is huge. i must tell you, this doesn't shock me. >> no. >> it's sobering to me. >> it shocked me, though. >> it's sobering to me. i wish it weren't what it is. but i can't tell you that i'm absolutely shocked. i expected it to not get a great result and to tell myself to get my act together. >> does that mean -- for $200, anyone can have this done? the question is, is it worth it? are you -- do you think it was worth it for you to now know
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this sobering number, nancy? >> yes, this to me is a little bit like getting a stress test or angiogram. it's a component. let's check back a year later and see if we can make it better. >> let's do that. >> live, local, latebreaking. this wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. let's get a check on your morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> still some problems out there. northbound 95, a big one at harford county. right lane closure with the accident. delays back to mountain road. take pulaski highway as your alternate. southbound 95 out of the white marsh our marriage, prior to white marsh that the 895 split. four miles per hour through that stretch.
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heavier on the west side. 20 miles per hour on the outer loop. backing of traffic on southbound 795. eastbound eye-assembly past 32, we have an accident montevideo road and what they video corp., overnight accident being investigated. let's give you a live view of traffic. here is what it looks like at 152, mountain road. away from us, northbound traffic to the accident scene. we will switch and you can see the right lanes remain closed. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> nice start, weather-wise. you will see the clouds thickening up over the next few hours. slight chance for a little rain in the forecast. right now it is dried 86 downtown. 79 degrees in cockeysville. warm and humid.
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low 90s in most neighborhoods this afternoon. 30% chance for a shower or thunderstorm unless we get past about noon. next two days, about as good as it gets for this time of year. overnight temperatures in the 60's. >> we will have another update at 8:25. at 8:25.
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8:30 now on this wednesday morning, july 13th, 2011. we've got a great group starting their day with us this morning. if they stick around until friday, guess what, they're going to be able to catch pop sensation chris brown live in concert on our plaza. that will be a lot of fun.
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just ahead we've got a lot more coming up. >> how about this? the way that you can get rid of nasty germs in your house, from your bathroom to your kitchen, your toothbrush, your cell phones. we're going to have the gadgets that is perfect for me and al. if you ever decided to buy one of those construction sites, one of the big dozers, now you can can thanks to one creative company. and who doesn't like an ice pop on a hot summer's day? we have adult form. >> all right. before we get to all that, hi to a guy who tan gained instant celebrity over the weekend. this is christian lopez. >> hi. >> derek jeter got his 3,000th hit, home run to the left field bleachers. this is the guy who caught the ball. and most importantly, this is the guy who decided to give that ball back to derek jeter. christian, nice to see you. good morning. >> pleasure. >> when you're sitting in stands there, 2 r,999, in the first
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inning. were you allowing yourself to dream that it might come to you? >> it's everybody's dream. i he pulled it deep. last june i was with the other thousands of people. we were just trying to get a picture of history. and so he hit the ball. everybody is like, threw their head up looking at it and the ball got bigger and bigger and bigger. then i see my dad kind of jump across the crowd. and unfortunately he didn't get it. it kind of rolled in front of me. >> congratulations on that. you were a part of history. >> yeah. >> how long did it take you to decide to give that ball back? >> right away i knew that i wanted to give the ball back to jeter. i didn't know what i wanted at the time. to be honest with you, it happened so quickly when i finally got to sit down, i finally got a second to process it and i really just wanted to give the ball back to jeter. he deserves it.
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he's an icon. you think of yankee sports, you think of new york sports, derek jeter is a poster boy. he has hit that ball 3,000 plus times now, he deserves it. he's worked hard for where he is and played a high level of baseball. he's been a captain for a better part of a decade. >> what a fan. >> what was it like for you to meet jeter? >> words can't even describe it. it was crazy. when i met him, when i met him i was just like, hey, congratulations. thank you for everything you've done. he goes, no, thank you. i was like, oh, wow. >> and, christian, you got -- the ball was worth a lot of money. you got some pretty stiff student loans. did you think about for a minute that you might sell it, try to bring down a loan cost for you? >> not at all. i'm 23 years old. i have a lot of time to make money.
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i have a bright future ahead of me. it was just a crazy time. he deserved it. i'm not going to take that away from him. instead of being, i'm part of history now. you can't put a price on that. >> the yankees stepped up, also. they gave you season tickets for the remainder of the season. memorabilia. there was some question whether you would be taxed on that. i understand the yankees have said it's a gift and we're going to handle that. is that your understanding? >> i don't really know what's going on. i'm trying to stay away from that situation right now and i'm trying to enjoy the moment. i mean, if i get taxed, i get taxed. they take care of it, they cata care of it. >> most importantly, it was his girlfriend who gave him the ticket as a birthday gift. you owe her for the rest of your life. you realize that. >> derek jeter said that, too. a lot of people have been saying that. it's her birthday this saturday so i'm spending time with her and her family. wonderful time in new york.
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>> you did the right thing. and a lot of people really see you as a great example. so, christian, it's great to have you here. way to go. >> way to go, christian. >> thank you. thank you. >> a lot of fans out here for you. >> check of the weather now from mr. roker. >> all right. hard to top that. let's show you what's happening for today. we've got a risk of strong storms throughout much of monta montana. showers in the pacific northwest. heat continues down through the south and the great lakes and northeast. that will continue tomorrow. the heat continues, stays back down south, down through the southwest. slight risk of strong storms and the plains. more rain continues in the pacific northwest. that's what's >> we are off to a quiet start. we expect a slight chance for a shower or thunderstorm this afternoon, especially in the northern suburbs. high-temperature a
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>> that's your latest weather. don't forget, check your weather any time day or night, weather channel or online. >> thanks a lot. al, you're going to like this next segment because we're going to talk about germ fighting and it's going to go high tech. we have the latest and greatest gadgets for your home. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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♪ we're back now at 8:38. this morning on "today's" tech, germ fighting. no matter how much you clean and scrub, it's impossible to get rid of all the bacteria breeding in your home. now there's some high-tech help. digital lifestyle expert mario armstrong is here with great suggestions. this is perhaps the best segment
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you will ever do with me. al and i are phobics when it comes to this. do these things really work? >> that's the thing. they work just as well as you would think about a spray cleaner with chemicals. how do you really know that really works, right? one thing about uv light which is the first thing with this sanitize -- >> uv wand. >> it uses the uv light that actually kills the dna of microorganisms. >> this is good tort kitchen and bathroom. how close do you have to get to it? >> very close to the surface. do a sweeping motion. but very close. it takes about six seconds to do an entire toilet. not a long time. >> also work oons sink in the bathroom. how much is this thing? >> 70 bucks. about $69. wireless, as you can see. great around the house. >> if you have kids, it's worth its weight in gold. toothbrushes. germs love toothbrushes. >> they do because it's moist and wet and bacteria can grow there easily. >> what's this? >> this is a hot and wet dry steam kind of sanitizer. this is made by germ terminator. basically you put your toothbrush necessary here and
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use electric or different size toothbrushes as well. put it in. put a little bit of distilled water? >> every night or once in a while? >> every night. >> because you can also find your -- people don't buy new toothbrushes enough. >> every three months. >> cell phones. lots of nasty germs on cell phones. >> this is a cell phone sanitizer for the iphone and other phones. it takes five minutes. a light comes on. five minutes later the uv ray on the inside kill any of the germs. >> obvious question here, doesn't hurt the gadget. >> does not. i put my own phone in there. >> bottles, pacifiers, infants in your home, you're always worried about germs. this seems very warm. >> it's sanitizing right now as you can see. this is a great gift for brand new moms and dads that are out there. but this kills household bacteria using steam. >> is this better than putting these things in a very hot dishwasher. >> yeah, because there's no chemicals. that's why. it's all natural. >> talk to me about with the keyboards here. >> a lot of people use keyboards
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all the time. they collect so much germs on these keyboards. the wet one by wet keys is a fully washable keyboard. you can fold it up, take it with you on the go. it's portable. i'm going to dunk it right here and submerge it fully in water so you can see that i'm not lying. >> nothing can happen to that. >> nothing can happen to this. it has a full mouse as well. >> any computer. >> yes, it is. any computer can use this because it connects via usb. >> how much is that? >> 60 bucks. >> not bad. okay. meanwhile, here's a different kind of computer keyboard. >> that's right. this is great for kids. made by toshiba. we have ketchup on here now. it's a wipable keyboard. >> i'm glad that's just ketchup. >> what did you think? let me see. >> i don't know. >> you didn't have to do that. >> that's ketchup. >> how much is this? >> $468 bucks. great investment for kids. it's huh tough and rug bed. fully wipable keyboard. >> you've got two different kinds of vacuum cleaners.
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what's the difference? >> the difference one is this one actually kills bedbugs. so this is used for furniture. everyone is worried about bedbugs. simply turn it on. it has a uv light under it as you can barely see it. >> also have suction to it? >> a little bit of suction to it as well. roll it over the furniture. >> that is the idea, it's sucking the bedbugs up or killing them where they are. >> it's killing the dna of that microorganism so they cannot produce new eggs. >> you're confident in this one? >> i haven't been -- i don't have bedbugs. i haven't been able to find out. >> congratulations on that. how much was it? >> about $129. >> and finally? >> finally, the digital one from dyson, great for carpets as well as hardwood floors. it's the most powerful cordless vacuum on the market. love this thing. have it in my house. it's great for i picking up the fine dust particles that may be laying around the house. very lightweight. >> price on that? >> $299.
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>> not bad. mario, thank you very much. >> keep you germ free, man. >> i'm trying. thank you very much. up next, unusual vacation experience to put you behind p wheel of your very own bulldozer. mario, how do you like that? we're to explain. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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with the economy struggling many people have been forced to get creative in order to keep their jobs, and "today's" national correspondent jenna wolfe recently spent time. and jenna, i understand you as usual got involved. >> i did. listen to this. have you ever driven by a construction site and wondered who it would be like to get behind the wheel of a bulldozer to handle all that equipment? now you can. check out this business. i couldn't resist getting involved. it is mid week of mid month and
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i am knee deep in the mid afternoon paper. oh, what i wouldn't do for a little r and, are somewhere, anywhere. a beautiful beach, a wild safari, even a parisian paradise. but a construction sight? >> okay there, sweet cheeks. move it or lose it. >> reporter: surely i've got my daytime dreams wrong. this is a vacation? welcome to people at play located on florida's beautiful gulf coast. it bills itself as the heavy equipment experience, shangri-la for big kids who have the curiosity for the monster machines of building. >> absolutely people who drive by construction sites and stare at the machines and want to steal a key and try to figure out how to get in the there. >> reporter: melissa bennett know that feeling well. she and her husband own a construction business and because of the slowing economy has taken a turn for the worse.
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so melissa came up with an idea, if you can't sell the work, sell the experience. >> so we basically are taking the back road rodeos and develop challenges here that kind of imitate what you might do on a website and make it fun and show you the diversity and sensitivity of these huge steel monsters. they're amazing. >> reporter: bulldozer, excavators, steers, pick your dream machine and go play. no matter who you are. >> i just always was fascinate with the really big machines. and how powerful they were. but i didn't realize that you didn't have to have a lot of to operate them. >> as a kid i used to play with construction equipment toy s soi always loved that. it was in my dream to play with this kind of equipment. >> so irwin, who proudly displays his collection of construction makes and models at home, just a few days off, brought the power play experience, donned the hard hat
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and climbed in the cab. digging, pulling, dropping. once that is mastered, it's fun time. and actual obstacle course on this big rig. >> a lot of the guys that come through here, and women, they're kind of the adventure seekers, zip liners, people who go on to fantasy baseball camps, do all crazy stuff. >> reporter: yeah, if you call this crazy. pin the tail, bat the ball, lift and dropt drop, dig and do, and there's pressure. you're on the clock here. this is all timed. >> keep on going. keep on going. >> reporter: and all with a personal coach standing by guiding you. >> and what will your average weekend day person? >> i'm hoping you're going to come in the 30s. 35 minutes you're telling me guys can do this course at five to seven minutes and you tell me 30 minutes before you even see me hop in these things? >> i love you, jenna, but -- >> i guess we should give it a shot then. >> there we go. now, you are officially on my
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clock. >> the hardest part about running the machine. >> that was the hardest part? >> you graduated. >> i can't reach the pedals. do you have a phone book? hey, buddy! ♪ i got a strike! >> you're going to have to put it inside the tire. >> reporter: now, that would be a vacation. oh, you can't use the bulldozer. excavator. you need the excavator. see how much work i do? anyone can do this, men, women, young, old. and they offer three different price packages for various lengths of time. and, yes, they do offer gift certificates in case you know of anyone who wants to don a hard
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hat. >> bottom line is they're making money. >> making money. >> other companies are also trying to do this as well. it's not the only one. >> right. if the economy is not making money for initial business, tweak it a little bit and enjoy a separate business. >> creativity. jenna wolfe, thank you for your reporting. coming up next, how does a mojito sound? he's got us recipes for grown-up ice pops. that's coming up right after this.
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back now at 8:51. this morning on how to cook everything today, we're making ice popsicles with a twist. he's "new york times" magazine columnist and the author of the "how to cook everything" cookbook. glad to see you. memories. these bring back memories. what was your favorite ice pop as a kid? >> fudge sickle or cream sickle. most of those in the magazine. we're making one of these here today. these are like grown-up flavors. >> they are easy. a lot of them take a blender and a few ingredients. >> we start here with a blend wewe blender and a few ingredients. we start with strawberries and
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water and basil. >> why basil? why not mint? >> we have mint in a minute. >> and sugar. this is a little sweet. >> you have to be careful how much sugar you put in because if you put too much in, they don't get solid? >> sugar and alcohol will really help a popsicle be creamy but too much will keep it from freezing. how do i use this? pulse it. >> you pop it in there. >> there we go. >> great. >> and then off into the molds? >> into the molds. and then if you don't have fancy molds, you freeze them halfway in dixie cups, but freeze them until you get a little slushy. >> your stick will stand up. >> this is a sweet one. then you've got a savory one. this is avocado and cilantro. >> this is delicious. >> will i get my kids off the trampoline? >> i don't care about your kids.
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i care ability yout you. >> that's nice to know. >> avocado, water, cilantro. no sugar. it really is for grown-ups. >> i'm going to take a taste. >> try one of these. look how beautiful. >> uh-huh. >> i need excitement. i need visible excitement. i'm not getting it from you. okay. >> mark. no. that is -- okay. that's different. >> okay. >> here we have different. different is right. wait, we're not there yet. >> oh, yes, we are. >> this is your basic fudge sickle but with a little bit of -- >> chocolate and chili. >> chocolate, a little bit of chili, some vanilla and sugar and cinnamon. you've got a bunch of different flavors in here. >> i can't get that taste out of my mouth. >> you like chocolate. >> i do. i love chocolate. >> try this. >> see if you can keep it from
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falling on your nice suit. >> that one's delicious. >> okay. you can't please everybody with everything. >> that really is. >> some people's taste is sophisticated. >> fine. i'm a caveman. so you heated this up a little bit. >> melt the chocolate. sugar. a little cinnamon. some chili, a tiny bit of vanilla and you have to whisk this up to melt it and then freeze it. >> same situation. put it in a nice mold. this one doesn't firm up all that quickly? >> you really have to freeze them. >> yeah. >> we've been waiting. >> cilantro? >> try this. >> it doesn't have any sugar and it's avocado? >> nad natalie, here, no, you're going to love this. >> no. why do i feel like this is a bad prank? >> i like it. but it's not sweet. >> no. >> i don't like that one whatsoever. sorry. >> 2 for 4.
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we're back after your local news. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. new information involving the shooting of a man in in east baltimore alley. police say the 30-year-old man was found in the 1800 block of pulaski street suffering from gunshot wounds to the head and arm. we're told he was taken to hospital and listed in serious condition. no details on a suspect or
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stanley! somebody help! my hero! anyone can be a hero with the new captain america cherry coolatta from dunkin'. america runs on dunkin'. now let's look at the forecast with tony pann. >> it is going to be another warm and humid today.
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mixture of sunshine and clouds. 30% chance for a shower or thunderstorm this afternoon or -- this afternoon. much cooler on friday. lows in the -- in the low 60s. 93 on sunday. we could make it all the way up to the mid-90's, but the heat index added 100 by early next week. it is going to be nice the next few days. >> we will have another update at 9:25.
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